Police and Disney Join Forces for Cybersafety
Cyber safety experts from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have teamed up with Disney to create and distribute a new online safety program for primary shool children. Called Online Safety—It Starts With You, the national program focuses on good internet citizenship.
While some aspects of the program require a paid membership, free resources include online safety tips for kids and parents.
Children are given three key messages:
- Be Cool—use respectful language with others, just as you would in the real world.
- Be Heard—don't share personal information; tell a trusted adult what you are doing online and if you see anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Be Safe—use control settings to protect your privacy.
Parents are advised how to make their child's online experiences better and safer:
- Be Aware—use internet filters to protect your child from inappropriate sites, and know which sites your child visits.
- Be Curious—have screen time limits and allow computer use where you can see it.
- Be Engaged—keep talking to your child about online safety.
Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, who announced the initiative, encourages teachers and parents to discuss online safety with children from a young age:"If students are aware about the potential dangers of the online world, they will be more in tune to potential risks as they grow up in an online world."
To date, the program has reached out to over 1,200 Australian primary schools, involving an estimated 30,000 students and is about to launch in New Zealand schools. Teachers are advised the resource pack that includes classroom activities, posters and safety tips also aligns to the core ICT capability units in the Australian Curriculum. Club Penguin has also made the program widely available to classrooms as a free digital multi-touch book for iPad that can be downloaded on iBooks here: http://bit.ly/1nlZRFa.
Mr Keenan said, "It's important we engage with students about real life lessons that will ultimately prepare and protect them in the future."
To find out more about Disney Club Penguin's global safety efforts please visit www.clubpenguin.com/safety.
Image from clubpenguin.com/safety
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